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Sunday, 11 August, 2002, 12:27 GMT 13:27 UK
Yorath warns strikers
Stoke City's Bjarni Gudjonsson goes past Sheffield Wednesday's Simon Donnelly
Donnelly (right) failed to find the net
Sheffield Wednesday manager Terry Yorath has told his strikers to start scoring before Lloyd Owusu and Leon Knight return to fitness.

Simon Donnelly, Gerald Sibon and Shefki Kuqi were all guilty of missing chances as Wednesday failed to end the six-year Hillsborough jinx as their game against Stoke finished goalless.

The Owls have not won at home on the opening day of the season since 1996 and forward Simon Donnelly committed the worst howler of the game.

"To have created so many chances we should have won the game," said Yorath.

"We played well enough with an endless amount of crosses into their area but we just couldn't stick it in the goal.

"Sibon, who is not an out-and-out striker, worked tirelessly hard as did Donnelly.

"Shefki Kuqi failed to score in pre season and has carried that on.

"When we get Lloyd Owusu and Leon Knight ready it might provide a kick up the backside for the rest of them."

In the 83rd minute Stoke had a penalty appeal waved away by referee Neale Barry after striker Chris Iwelumo appeared to be hauled down by David Burrows.

"It was possibly a penalty but I will have to look at the replay before making a decision," said Stoke manager Steve Cotterill, who also singled out 18-year-old Kris Commons for praise.

Commons, making his league debut, was unlucky not to have given Stoke a first-half lead when he fired a curling effort against the Owls' crossbar just after the half-hour mark.

"Kris is a great prospect with a fantastic left foot," said Cotterill.

"If he keeps working hard has a great future."

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